Jan 12, 2021
By Jane Brown
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will conduct a small cabinet shuffle Tuesday before beginning a virtual cabinet retreat to plot strategy for the resumption of Parliament January 25th.
The shuffle is prompted by the departure of Navdeep Bains, who does not intend to run again in the next federal election, which could come as early as this spring.
Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to replace Bains while Transport Minister Marc Garneau moves into Champagne’s former position.
Mississauga Centre MP Omar Alghabra is expected to take over the Transport portfolio.
The prime minister has been clear that he wants departments crucial to the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic to be overseen by ministers who will be around to help sell the government’s agenda during the next election campaign.
The cabinet retreat of four one-day sessions is to take place over the next two weeks, with a focus on what more the government needs to do to manage the pandemic, which continues to rage across the country, including ways to accelerate the rollout of vaccines.